Demetrius Andrade Retains his WBO World Middleweight Title, TKO’s Luke Keeler in the 9th Round

By Tré Berry III🖊️

In an expected result, unbeaten WBO Middleweight World Titlist 🇺🇸Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (29-0-0, 18KO👊) made an easy nights work disposing of Irish #2 WBO contender 🇮🇪Luke Keeler (17-3-1, 5KO👊). This was the 3rd successful defense of his title while he continues to pursue bigger matches going forward.


01/31/2020 | The Main Event Fight Breakdown

Immediately after the 🛎️bell sounded for the 1st round, Demetrius Andrade floored Luke Keeler with his first punch, that being a sharp left hand in the first 3 seconds of the contest.  Keeler took a knee and just barely got up before the count of 10 from 🗣️Referee Telis Assimenios.  Andrade jumped on Keeler who was out of sorts and tried to get him out of there with round-house left hands and right hooks, but he couldn’t quite land the money punch to get the signature early knockout he was looking for.  The more the rounds went on, the more routine the fight became of what you’d expect from a typical Andrade fight, even though his aggression was far up from that of previous outings.

Andrade understanding that Keeler was an over-matched foe (with clumsy footwork), kept trying to cut his night short, but he was trying too hard to land the power, throwing away his normally well-in-tact fundamentals that makes him universally recognized as the 🚩#3 Middleweight in the world, but he decided to do that specifically for this fight with no fear of what was coming back from Keeler due to the Irishman’s limited power.  Andrade started to string together his power punches better in the 9th round and had Keeler ready to go.  The Referee understood that it was only a matter of time, and that he had nothing left to give back, so he stepped in to stop the fight, giving Andrade a stoppage victory.


While it wasn’t in the sharp fashion he normally would’ve like to have done it in, he added a little flare to his case, strengthening his chances to secure a bigger fight. Andrade has been the most avoided Middleweight since his move up to the division, for a litany of reasons.  With how this fight played out, he may also draw out some of the elite contingent to target him now, in mistakenly interpreting this performance as him lacking in fundamentals, viewing this one as one to study due to perceived vulnerabilities.

As much as Andrade would like to fight Middleweight World Champion (RING|WBC|WBA) 🇲🇽Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2020, it is not happening, and it may be unlikely that he can secure a fight with IBF Titlist 🥈🇰🇿Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin neither, as he will be pushing hard to get his 3rd fight with Canelo in September.  Text messages revealed to the public in a 🎤Radio Rahim interview was proof of them sending PBC and undefeated 🇺🇸Jermall “Hitman” Charlo a $7 million offer, that wasn’t acknowledged, so that casts somewhat of a shadow and raised eyebrows on Charlo’s part.  With those 3 options presumably off the table, what is Andrade’s best option to pursue? possibly a fight with unbeaten 🇬🇧Billy Joe Saunders, who used to hold the belt that Andrade has now.  He may be a WBO Super-Middleweight Titlist currently, but he has revealed that he has all options open both at 160 and 168 lbs in terms of top-tier talent.  Sooner or later Andrade will get one of these match-ups, the question will ultimately be “when, and where?” it will happen.  We will see what 2020 holds for the World Champion from Rhode Island.


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